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AprilĀ 25, 2017

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Take Utah Jazz +3 spread against LA Clippers for 3% of the bankroll.

The Utah Jazz managed to even up the series at 2 games apiece as they came away with a hard-fought, 105-98 win in Game 4, despite not having Gordon Hayward in the lineup due to a case of food poisoning. Hayward is averaging 20.5 points and 6 rebounds a game, so his absence from Game 4 was a huge blow to the Jazz and yet somehow, they managed to overcome his absence. A big reason for that was the somewhat unexpected return of big-man, Rudy Gobert to the lineup. Gobert came away with a double-double in that contest and was a huge presence in the paint offensively and managed to keep Deandre Jordan in check on the defensive end.

The Clippers really missed an opportunity with Gordon Hayward sidelined and with Hayward now expecting to suit up and be inserted back into the lineup, we believe that will put the Clippers at even more of a disadvantage. Utah is getting healthy, while the Clippers are still adjusting to the injury of their Power forward, Blake Griffin. As we stated in our pre-game analysis of Game 4, the loss of Blake Griffin cannot be understated. Griffin is one of the most dominant and versatile post players in the league and his added ability on the defensive end, along with Deandre Jordan, should have helped keep Utah's Rudy Gobert in check. With Jordan left on his own against Gobert, Utah will clearly have the advantage in the post.

Chris Paul has been trying to carry his team and do everything himself and picked up his fourth double-double of the series in Game 4, scoring 27 points and dishing out 12 assists. Paul has been spectacular, but hasn't been getting the type of contributions from his teammates needed to gain an advantage in this series. The Clippers will continue to lean on Paul the remainder of this series, but without Griffin in the lineup, we expect the Jazz to focus their efforts on slowing down Paul and forcing the other role players to step up and beat them.

The addition of both Gobert and Hayward into the lineup for Game 5 is going to give the Jazz a huge boost. They are coming off a confidence building win in Game 4 and we expect that to carry over tonight in the Staples Center. The Jazz have been extremely kind to their backers in LA as the have managed to cover the spread in the last 7 meetings. The Jazz have already proven that they can beat the Clippers in LA by taking Game 1 and wouldn't be surprised if they managed to pull off the mild upset yet again. This game should be close in which the points could prove to be valuable.

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